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Reasons to Be Thankful For Cows on National Cow Appreciation Day

By Emily Collins

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In case you didn’t know, it is National Cow Appreciation Day! At FoodtoEat, we think the cow doesn’t get enough credit. They’re providers of one of the main ingredients in a lot of our favorite foods, milk, and are just too cute not to love. Here are the top 5 reasons everybody should be thankful for cows on National Cow Appreciation Day:

1. Ice Cream

Not to take away the spotlight from the cow, but it is also National Ice Cream month. There would be a National Ice Cream Month without the cows contribution to ice cream – milk. Can you imagine a world without Mr. Softee on the streets with soft serve ice cream? Didn’t think so. So, let’s all say “thanks” to the cow for ice cream.

Mister Softee parked on an NYC Street | Photo credit: Above the Law
Mister Softee parked on an NYC Street | Photo credit: Above the Law

2. Milk Truck’s entire existence

If you haven’t been to one of the city’s best curators of grilled cheese – you’re seriously missing out. Milk Truck not only has tasty grilled cheese, but also make a mean milkshake. Without cows, we would never know how delicious a classic grilled cheese with a dark chocolate milkshake would be! With a name like Milk Truck, how can we not be thankful to the cow for it?

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Classic Grilled Cheese from The Milk Truck | Photo credit: Trip Tips

3. Nutella

At FoodtoEat, we always have a large jar of Nutella on standby. We often wonder if there’s anything Nutella doesn’t go with (spoiler alert: not likely). Nutella is made with condensed milk from our favorite animal – the cow! This yummy hazelnut spread is taking over the foodie world and we don’t mind one bit

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The ideal Nutella jar size | Photo credit: That’s Nerdalicious

4.  Lattes with cute latte art

Ever walk into your favorite coffee shop and get a latte with the cutest little design on it? It always makes your day just a little bit brighter – even if it is an early morning. Speaking of brightening your day, look at this adorable kitty cat latte art. Try not to “aww” out loud, I dare you.

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Almost too cute to drink | Photo credit: I Used To Be Scared of Cats

5. 75% off Chocolate After Valentine’s Day

If we’re being completely honest, Valentine’s Day should really be re-named “75% off Chocolate Eve” because that’s what it’s become. Maybe you don’t need that entire bag of Dove Chocolate Hearts with inspiring messages in them, but you’re practically obligated to buy them because they’re that cheap. Thanks, cows, for allowing us to treat ourselves the day after Valentine’s Day.

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Best day of the year #TreatYoSelf | Photo credit: WRAL.com

BONUS: Pizza

You think we’d make this list without pizza? We love it all; grandma slices, greasy thin crust, $1 slices at 3 am, as long as there is cheese involved. What better way to observe National Cow Appreciation Day than ordering a pizza on FoodtoEat? Top it off with dessert (think: cheesecake, cupcakes, tiramisu – thanks cows) and you’ll find yourself loving cows as much as we do.

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Photo credit: Sulav Darnal

Let us know your favorite products that we should be thanking cows for. Comment below or tweet @FoodtoEat and show us how your #CowLove!

DailyFoodtoEat is the official blog of FoodtoEat, a sustainable online food ordering and concierge catering service featuring your favorite restaurants, food trucks and caterers. Check out the deliciousness here: www.foodtoeat.com

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Four Grilled Cheeses That We Wish Were Dateable

By Emily Collins

If you’re anything like me and would rather stroll around Central Park with a nice, warm grilled cheese than a significant other, you’re in luck! Our grilled cheese dating profiles give you the lowdown on some of the best grilled cheeses New York City has to offer. Nothing says “I love you” quite like a grilled cheese date, does it?

1. Mexican Grilled Cheese from Eggstravaganza Cart

Not to be confused with a breakfast sandwich, the Mexican Grilled Cheese from Eggstravaganza Cart will put a little kick into your day! Skip the line by pre-ordering this spicy sandwich online.

2. Bacon Cheddar Blue grilled cheese from The Milk Truck

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The Milk Truck specializes in packing a ton of ingredients into one, harmonious, cheesy sandwich. With New York aged cheddar and Wisconsin blue cheese, you can’t go wrong with the Bacon Cheddar Blue. Order this delicious grilled cheese online today!

3. Mr. Otto from La Maison Du Croque Monsieur

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This grilled cheese is a little bit of everything: sweet, sour and savory. The fanciful Mr. Otto combines roasted pork, pickled pear and Tickler aged cheddar to make for a sophisticated take on a classic.

4. Shroom Grilled Cheese from The Melt Shop

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Melt Shop is a grilled cheese enthusiasts dream – it’s got 3 locations for easy access grilled cheese and offers a ton of different options. The Shroom is just one of many noteworthy grilled cheeses Melt Shop has to offer.

DailyFoodtoEat is the official blog of FoodtoEat, a sustainable online food ordering and concierge catering service featuring your favorite restaurants, food trucks and caterers. Check out the deliciousness here: www.foodtoeat.com

 

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Bombay Sandwich Company: Where Tasty Meets Healthy

By Debra Liu

Vegetarians, foodies, and health nuts, it’s time to celebrate! Bombay Sandwich Company’s tasty and innovative Indian inspired food is exactly what we have been waiting for.

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Shiv Puri & Shikha Jain, founders of Bombay Sandwich Co.

Founded in the spring of 2012 by Shikha Jain and Shiv Puri, Bombay Sandwich Company was a vendor at Smorgasburg for two years before it opened as a cafe in Flatiron in December 2013, serving up all their original delicious Smorgasburg offerings plus more newly created dishes.

Shikha found that it was near impossible to find healthy and tasty vegetarian food in the city. “When I’m eating out, as a vegetarian, it’s always the same kind of sandwich, a hummus sandwich or a portabella mushroom sandwich …it’s all I get to eat all the time.” The lack of options for vegetarians motivated Shikha and Shiv to bring delicious Indian inspired sandwiches to the hungry people of New York City.

According to Shikha, “There’s so much variety in Indian food itself that sandwiches never get a chance.” She grew up on Indian sandwiches and wanted to introduce something she loved to the people around her and so Bombay Sandwich Co was born.

Bombay Sandwich Co. is more than just sandwiches though. They also offer amazing wraps, salads, and bowls, which are incredibly popular with the lunch crowd. The bowls include options such as French Lentils and Sweet Potato Salad. The salads include offerings such as Kale & Hearty and Organic Quinoa. For those who want a greater variety, customers can even design their own platters by choosing from a combination of bowls and salads.  The platters come with brown rice, homemade Kale & Walnut Pesto as well as an Apple & Garlic Pickle – talk about healthy and delicious!

Platter | Photo Credit: Shikha Jain
Platter | Photo Credit: Shikha Jain

The most popular items are the Chana Masala sandwich, the Honey Fennel Grilled Cheese, and the Smorgasburg Sweet Potato. The Quinoa salad and the Kale & Sweet Potato wrap are also crowd favorites.

When I visited BSC, I went for the classic Chana Masala sandwich and it was absolutely mouth-watering! In addition to being a gorgeous looking sandwich, the chickpeas were hearty and spiced to perfection, topped with arugula, pickled onions and a dash of Date Chutney and Green Chutney to bring all the flavors together. I also tried their Yogi’s Choice Organic Smoothie, made with almond milk, turmeric, cardamom, crushed almonds, and lightly sweetened with jaggery. It was so good – I could literally drink this smoothie every single day.

Chana Masala Sandwich | Photo Credit: Shikha Jain
Chana Masala Sandwich | Photo Credit: Shikha Jain

BSC’s philosophy is simple: to feed people great tasting food that’s also really good for the body. That’s why their entire menu is plant-based, seasonal and locally sourced food that’s also made in-house following the Vedic tradition. Nothing is processed. “We use a lot of turmeric, cardamom…great spices that help in digestion. Everything is well-balanced, yet tasty. The best thing is that our food is made with very little oil, mostly steamed and boiled,” Shikha told me.

A peek inside Bombay Sandwich Co. | Photo Credit: Shikha Jain
A peek inside Bombay Sandwich Co. | Photo Credit: Shikha Jain

So the next time you find yourself in a vegetarian rut, desperately looking for something satisfying, but also delicious and healthy, make a visit to Bombay Sandwich Co and try one of their sandwiches, or better yet, make your own platter. The blessed union of healthy and tasty is only within an arm’s reach at Bombay Sandwich Company.

We’re excited to be partnering with Bombay Sandwich Company to feed corporate offices throughout New York City. If you’re office would like to have their amazing food catered to you, please contact us at info@foodtoeat.com and we can make that happen.

DailyFoodtoEat is the official blog of FoodtoEat, a sustainable online food ordering and concierge catering service featuring your favorite restaurants, food trucks and caterers. Check out the deliciousness here: www.foodtoeat.com

 

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Happy National Grilled Cheese Month! 3 Ways to Revamp Your Favorite Classic

By Emily Collins

Grilled cheese: An American classic, a staple of your childhood. The tasty, quick meal has come very far in the past few years and even has the entire month of April to celebrate its deliciousness. We all have our tried and true favorites, but to celebrate the delightful sandwich, here are some great, new ways to revamp your classic comfort food!

1. The Grilled Cheese Roll

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Grilled Cheese Rolls | Photo credit: gimmesomeoven on Tablespoon

 

First up is my personal favorite: the grilled cheese roll. They’re adorable, functional and only take about 10 minutes to prepare. These treats are perfect for a party appetizer or to eat on the go. If you like tomato soup with your grilled cheese, this recipe is the best way to maximize your dunking experience!

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices of your favorite type of pre-sliced bread
  • 2 slices of American cheese
  • 2 tbsp of butter
  • Optional: a can of tomato soup

Directions:

  1. Take your two slices of bread (or more if it’s for a party!) and cut off the crust.
  2. Use a rolling pin to flatten your bread. If you don’t have one, a wine bottle always works.
  3. Take your slices of American cheese and place them on the flattened bread.
  4. Take the bread and cheese and roll it very tightly.
  5. In the meantime, take your 2 tbsp of butter and let it simmer in a frying pan on medium heat.
  6. Make sure your grilled cheese rolls are nice and tight and place them seam down in the pan. This will prevent your grilled cheese rolls from unrolling in the pan.
  7. Once the edge is sealed, flip the rolls so they’re cooked evenly for 4-5 minutes.
  8. Serve on a plate with a bowl of tomato soup while they’re still hot!

2. The Lazy Grilled Cheese

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Classic Grilled Cheese | Photo credit: Closet Cooking

Next up is what I like to call “the lazy grilled cheese.” We all have those days. You forgot to shop. Bread and cheese are your only options, turning on the stove feels like such a chore. But wait! There’s hope! Got a toaster? How about a microwave? You’re in luck! This recipe is a life saver if you’re too busy to cook or are just feelinga little lazy.

Ingredients:

  • Two slices of white or wheat bread
  • Your favorite kind of cheese (I love to use shredded cheese for this quick recipe)

Directions:

  1. Place 2 slices of bread in the toaster until it’s nice and crispy.
  2. Take toast and place the cheese between.
  3. Put the sandwich in the microwave about 15-20 seconds, no more than that!

3. Date Night Grilled Cheese

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Tomato, Avocado and Jalapeno Grilled Cheese | Photo credit: Delicious-Delightful-Delovely

 

Now, we’re about to step up our game a little bit. This is our date night grilled cheese. Don’t know how to cook at all, but want to impress your date? This is the meal for you. It’s a tomato, avocado and jalapeno grilled cheese. It’s a spicy twist on your favorite classic and totally easy to make.

Ingredients:

  • A thick bread, ideally French bread or Panini style bread. This is crucial to make your date fall in love with your grilled cheese in disguise
  • Sliced Mozzarella cheese
  • 4-5 cilantro leaves. Whole or chopped
  • Chopped and seeded jalapenos, as many or as little as you want
  • Thinly sliced avocado
  • Thinly sliced tomato
  • Butter

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place a frying pan on the stove at medium heat.
  3. Butter the outside of both slices of bread.
  4. Place buttered bread onto frying pan.
  5. Start to layer your ingredients, cheese first.
  6. As the cheese is melting, lay the tomato, jalapenos, cilantro and avocado gradually. Be sure to check the bottom of the bread and make sure it is not burning.
  7. Add another layer of sliced mozzarella cheese and place the other slice of bread atop the sandwich.
  8. Once the bottom layer is melted, slowly flip your sandwich to the other side.
  9. Apply pressure to the sandwich gradually. Once the cheese is melted and warm, take your grilled cheese and place it onto a greased cooking pan.
  10. Place the sandwich in the oven for about a minute to ensure the cheese is completely melted.

Still want to celebrate National Grilled Cheese month, but don’t want to cook it? Click here to preorder online from The Milk Truck and get your grilled cheese fix!

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6 Resolutions You Should NOT Make in 2014

By Rosie O’Regan

New Year’s is right around the corner, and for many 2014 represents the chance to leave behind the trials and tribulations of 2013 and focus on becoming a brand new you. For those of you resolving to quit smoking, lose weight and spend more time with friends and family—I salute you!

Turning over a new leaf, starting a new chapter, having a fresh start—great. However there are some resolutions that you absolutely must avoid, because you will just be setting yourself up for failure.

Help yourself, your friends, and your family avoid uttering the following phrases:

“In 2014, I’m going to ______”

1. “Stop eating chocolate.” 

I wish you luck with this one but first you have to stop by The Cupcake Stop and try any of their chocolaty-goodness cupcakes. From Chocolate Caramel Pretzel to S’mores to Nutella Crunch, this place is heaven for any chocoholic.

Cupcakes from the Cupcake Stop…impossible to eat just one!

2. “Drink less”

Juice cleanses, kale smoothies, vitamin-infused water, oh my! When the latest liquid diet craze starts to overwhelm you, pop into Ryan Maguire’s for a good old-fashioned standby.

A nice cold beer from Ryan Maguire’s

3. “Eat less junk food and desserts”

Do I want to eat healthier? Yes. Can I ever say no to Coolhaus’s architecturally delicious ice cream sandwiches? No. The eternal struggle continues.

Endless cookie sandwiches from Coolhaus

4. “Go vegan or vegetarian”

Every now and then I consider being a vegetarian, but then I pass by Phil’s Steaks and find myself unable to pass up their mouthwatering Whiz Steak.

Whiz Steak from Phil's Steaks
Whiz Steak from Phil’s Steaks

5. “Cut down on caffeine”

Nuchas is known for their empanadas, but they also sell a variety of breakfast items—and what kind of breakfast is complete without a steaming cup of joe? Their delicious coffee and espresso is supplied by La Colombe Coffee Roasters.

La Colombe coffee from Nuchas
La Colombe coffee from Nuchas

6. “Cook more and eat out less”

Dying to try that homemade pizza recipe? Knock yourself out but first take a look at how Valducci’s Original Pizza does it…

Classic slice from Valducci's
Classic slice from Valducci’s

Having said that, allow me to dial back the cynicism and say that yes—you will defy all expectations and get through 2014 without breaking a single resolution. We believe in you, we do! Just promise that you’ll indulge yourself in a last supper with some of the foods above before embarking on your journey to self-improvement.

So, if you’re feeling on the fence about your New Year’s resolutions visit us at www.foodtoeat.com and we’ll help you break them! Check out our site to see if any of these delicious treats are near you.

DailyFoodtoEat is the official blog of FoodtoEat, a sustainable online food ordering and concierge catering service featuring your favorite restaurants, food trucks and caterers. Check out the deliciousness here: www.foodtoeat.com

 

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The Sweet and Savory Side of Social Justice: Snow Day Food Truck is Paving the Way

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By Debra Liu

Savory pancakes poppers, maple grilled cheese, maple bacon Brussels sprouts, and sugar on snow. Those are just a few of the drool-worthy items that will be offered on the Snow Day Food Truck, which will be pounding NYC pavement for the first time this winter. Perfect timing because the heavenly dynamic duo of maple and bacon is exactly what makes our hungry stomachs warm and happy come winter time.

Wheatberry Salad
Wheatberry Salad

We’re super excited, because not only is the delicious food locally sourced and uniquely inspired by New York State Maple Syrup, but Snow Day is the first food truck built and operated by Drive Change, a social justice organization with an incredible mission:

“Drive Change broadens opportunities for young people coming out of jail and prison to help lead them to crime-free lives and bright futures.”

Pulled Pork Sliders
Pulled Pork Sliders

Drive Change builds, designs and operates food trucks to employ previously incarcerated youth offenders, providing them with training and skills in the food industry. The program is an eight month program split into three phases; training, practicum working on food trucks, and continuing job development. Participants enrolled in the program will be paid an hourly wage.

Jordyn Lexton (left) and colleague
Jordyn Lexton (left) and Ajani Brown

Jordyn Lexton founded Drive Change with Annie Bickerton, after being inspired by her experience teaching at East River Academy, a public school located on Rikers Island, where she saw that the rate of youth offenders returning to prison within a year of release was unfortunately, much too high. According to Lexton, “the time of re-entry is a fragile time”, and Lexton and Bickerton hope that by providing youth offenders with stable jobs, they will break the vicious cycle and lower the recidivism rate.

Savory Pancake Poppers
Savory Pancake Poppers

Lexton and Bickerton plan to add a new food truck each year and serve 150 youth by 2018. All sales from their food trucks will go directly back into the organization to help with re-entry program costs.

An amazing social mission in combination with a delicious food truck – it doesn’t get any better than this. We can’t wait for Snow Day to launch in a few weeks!

We’ll keep you updated – simply follow us on Twitter @FoodtoEat to stay up-to-date on food truck happenings and more importantly, so you know exactly where and when to hit it up Snow Day on opening day.

 

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Grilled Cheese from Milk Truck

Today at the World Financial Center we saw a particularly appetizing food truck with a manageable line, the Milk Truck. I knew the Milk truck offered grilled cheese sandwiches, and given the cold windy day, it seemed like it would be the perfect place for lunch.

The milk truck has a very appetizing truck design, something about the cream color and orange on the truck’s exterior immediately made me salivate, and the smell of melted cheese and lightly burnt bread coming from the interior just made my stomach grumble even more. The menu items were much pricier than I expected, with the sandwiches all being $6 and up and the sides nearly as expensive. I opted to go with a traditional combo of a grilled cheese and tomato soup.

The Milk Truck classic is the least expensive sandwich, made with “aged Wisconsin Gruyere, and cultured butter on Balthazar Levain Pullman bread”, I added bacon for an additional two dollars. The tomato soup is described as “classic pureed soup made with plum tomatoes, chicken stock and spices, topped with Parmesan shavings”. The entire meal came to a little over $12, a little more than I would have hoped to spend on a grilled cheese and a soup, but I was hungry.

The sandwich was definitely stuffed with cheese, and when I pulled it apart the cheese stretched in a very photogenic way. The Gruyere was delicious, but seemed to harden too quickly for liking. I could hardly taste the bacon inside, either they didn’t put enough in or it was a little too overcooked. The sandwich was tasty was far too small to hold me over for a few hours. The bread tasted a little bit like rye, and paired well with the cheese.

The soup might have been my biggest complaint with the entire meal. For the $5 I spent on it, it was a small paper bowl of regular tomato soup. Maybe I should have expected this before ordering, but from the description of plum tomatoes, spices and parmesan shavings, I was pretty disappointed when my soup tasted just like regular tomato soup. When I dipped my sandwich in it the soup overpowered the entire taste of the grilled cheese, so that didn’t help my situation much either.

Overall the meal was good, not great, but definitely a good meal. If I had ordered it in a diner I probably would have raved about it, but I think there’s some essence to a food truck that makes you expect more unique, gourmet food. And at $12, I probably won’t be returning to the Milk Truck, considering I could have gotten a lobster roll from Luke’s Lobster for just $4 more. The Milk Truck gave me a tasty, homestyle treat, but as a lunch, I could have used a little more sustenance.

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College Students Create a Campus Food Truck Brand

Food trucks have proved to be a successful business model for many people with entrepreneurial aspirations. Given the low overhead costs and potentially high returns, it’s no wonder that three students from Bowdoin University in Brunswick, Maine decided to start their own food truck business on campus.

The three students come from varying backgrounds but all have an interest in food, particularly Isaac Brower, who already owns his own successful food cart in Rockland, Maine. The food trck business they are starting will be called CampusFoodTrucks, Inc., set to open in early March. The food truck will cater to late night crowds, operating from 10pm to 3am on weekend nights.

The ultimate goal of CampusFoodTrucks is to achieve success at Bowdoin and then expand to other schools. The business model can be easily translated across other campuses, and the founders hope to make a permanent impression upon Bowdoin University.

The food truck aims to fill a void students have complained about pertaining to a lack of late night activities. Eventually, the students hope that CampusFoodTrucks will become a permanent institution at Bowdoin, and are seeking to hire students to help cook and run the register.

Isaac Brower supplied the truck to the group, which belonged to him and a friend in Rockland, Maine as a seafood truck for tourists. The students have applied for local and state permits, and were approved by the college administration. They have also secured venture capital to set up the kitchen and powering up the truck, collected mostly from friends and family. Several items have already been selected for the menu, including burger, hot dogs, chicken tenders, French fries, onion rings and a signature sandwich called the CFT, a grilled cheese sandwich stuffed with chicken tenders and bacon.

The founders plan to break even by the end of the semester, ultimately seeking to establish a permanent institution at Bowdoin and other colleges, rather than simply collecting profit.

DailyFoodtoEat is the official blog of FoodtoEat, a sustainable online food ordering and concierge catering service featuring your favorite restaurants, food trucks and caterers. Check out the deliciousness here: www.foodtoeat.com